Large-Scale Public Involvement Methods

This course examines three popular methods for large-scale, dialogue-based citizen engagement on public policy issues: Deliberative Polling, the 21st-Century Town Hall and Citizens Juries. Each process helps citizens learn about an issue, create space for in-depth discussion and generate detailed feedback on public policy options.

This course also explores central ingredients of large-scale processes, including developing discussion content and questions, as well as outreach strategies to engage with large numbers of diverse participants.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
TBA - Susanna Haas Lyons $375.00 0 -

Course schedule: This course is offered via online-supported delivery. Access opens on the first date listed to allow you to complete pre-readings and assignments in preparation for your first class. Virtual classes begin on the second date listed and run from 9 am to 12:30 pm PT. The course will end one week after the final date listed to allow time to complete a final assignment. 

What will I learn?

In this course, you will learn the following:

  • Define the distinct and complementary qualities of dialogue and deliberation
  • Identify and appraise suitable uses of large-scale public involvement methods
  • Compare and contrast the theory and practice of the 21st Century Town Hall, Deliberative Polling and Citizen Juries
  • Identify and address barriers to participation
  • Apply large-scale public involvement methods to your own context

How will I learn?

  • Pre-readings and assignments
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions and exercises
  • Recommended reading

Who should take this course?

This course is open to anyone who would like to learn more about large-scale, dialogue-based civic engagement on public policy issues.

How will I be evaluated?

We will evaluate you based on your class participation.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered through the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform (within Canvas). You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here.

You can find more information on online-supported learning on our About Online Learning page. 

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